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Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

Disclaimer: This site provides general information & links on topics of paddling. Paddlesports can pose serious risks of damage to personal property & serious bodily injury including permanent disability & death. Anyone participanting in any MBCKC event or participating in any event mentioned on this website does so at their own risk and agrees to hold MBCKC harmless from any liability as a result of such participation or use of information contained herein.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Click here to read a paddle report by Bruce on a reconnaissance trip to a designated campsite in the Delta.
Click here to read a paddle report by Gary on Chickasabogue Creek. This is a creek I don't recall our having paddled as a club, and it sounds like a great paddle.

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Flash Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: TODAY
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Put in at Buzbee's Landing (on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, take a right just before the bridge) and paddle to Bay Minette Basin and/or elsewhere in that section of the Delta
Contact: Julie h) 928-4623 cell) 422-8138
Comments: The weather is too pretty NOT to paddle, and Bruce and I are in the mood to see the Basin. This will be an easy paddle. Mr. Buzbee charges $3 to launch, and your car is safe there.

Monday, November 18, 2002

I have received additional information from Tom Fink regarding the Sixth Annual Florida Gulf Coast Sea Kayak Symposium that will be held on Feburary 21-23, 2003. We now have complete information about how to you can sign up to take lessons from the some of the most expert paddlers in the world. The information Tom sent me is lengthy and detailed, so I won't post it here, but you can e-mail me or Tom and we'll be glad to forward it to you. Sign up now - space is limited.
Flash Paddle: Bay Minette Creek
Date: TODAY
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Put in at Buzbees' Landing (north on Highway 225 from Spanish Fort. Take a right just before the bridge)
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664
Comments: This is an easy, beautiful paddle. There is a $3 charge to launch your boat from Buzbee's (and your car will be safe there).

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Thanks to Jane for hosting a wonderful party at her home last night to celebrate the club's anniversary. I have received e-mails asking for Jane's e-mail address because folks want to thank her personally. Unfortunately, Jane's computer is currently indisposed and she does not have e-mail.

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Some confusion arose last night about when the Leonid meteor shower is supposed to peak. My current understanding is that the best viewing will be at 11 p.m. tonight and after 4:00 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, but what do I know?

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This just in from Tony Kramer: "For anyone interested in the meteor shower, there is a good web site you can get info: http://aio.arc.nasa.gov/'leonid/ . The web site has a chart that will tell you the peak time for your area. Peak for Mobile should also be around 5:30am. The show should start around 12pm. I watched the shower last year from the North Georgia Mountains and it was an awsome site. I've never seen anything like it. By the peak time it was like fire raining out of the sky! If you didn't see it last year, you need to see it tonight!"

I (Julie) could not get Tony's link to work, but I did find this: http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/news/expandnews.cfm?id=9371, which has "viewing tips" and links to other info on the meteor shower.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Tom Fink writes us as follows:

I don't know if you or others are aware of the great kayak symposium in Feb. in the St. Pete area. Starts off with ACA and then BCU instruction weeks, followed by the symposium in which some of the world's most prominent kayakers (e.g. Nigel Foster, Derek Hutchison) will be there giving instruction and demos. Also lots of boats to try out. Their web site (http://www.sweetwaterkayaks.com/) has the info for the 2002 symposium, but the 2003 is very similar. I am going down for BCU training (BCU is much more skill intensive training than ACA, and ACA is moving towards BCU training) and then for the symposium. I am especially interested in taking Greg Stammers Traditional Paddling course on SAT am and pm. Greg won in his age class for rolling in Greenland some time ago. I love Traditional paddling: easier gentler rolls, paddle much more buoyant and much easier on hands and paddle much superior for bracing. The costs for 2003 are very similar to 2002. I have the new dates and prices of courses in an e-mail back at my USDA office, I can e-mail that to you if you want. At the symposium there are lots of short courses (rolling, paddling in surf, navigation, tides). Sweetwater kayaks is one of the most prominent kayak stores/instruction in the US (along with Kayak Georgia on Tybee Island) and is owned by Nigel Foster.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Update on the club e-mail list:

As already announced in a previous post to this website (see below), the club e-mail list that was tirelessly maintained by Gene since the birth of this club is no longer usable, and Gene is taking this opportunity to retire from the e-mail business, at least temporarily.

Until somebody better volunteers to take over, I, Julie, have started building a NEW e-mail list for the club. Until somebody better volunteers to take over, I, Julie, will send out the club's e-mails. But in order to get on the new e-mail list, you have to e-mail ME, Julie, at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Think of it this way: Your subscription to the club's e-mail list has expired. It's time to renew your subscription. Just like you have to renew your newspaper and magazine subscriptions, except this is FREE.

In the interest of KISS (keeping it simple, stupid), I will add you to the e-mail list if and only if you e-mail me. Don't bother phoning me. It won't work to give me your business card at a meeting. Don't give me a piece of paper with all your friends' e-mail addresses written on it. YOU HAVE TO E-MAIL ME and tell me, "Please add me to the club e-mail list" or something to that effect, preferably in English. (Or French, if it comes to that. I can read a little French.)

If and only if you e-mail me, I can add your address to the club's e-mail list with with a couple of mouse-clicks, and I won't lose it, misspell it, or otherwise screw it up. (Wait a minute; I take that back. I should never underestimate my own ability to screw something up. But e-mail me anyway.)

Friday, November 08, 2002

!!!!!!!HELP WANTED!!!!!!!

The ancient, tottering, and unwieldy e-mail list that Gene Boothe has maintained for this club for years has, basically, kicked the bucket. His computer has been chewing away at it for quite a while now, and appears to have finally eaten it altogether. We may be able to resuscitate it temporarily, but it's time for us all to face reality, accept our loss, and move on. Anybody who has ever owned a computer knows how it feels to watch their work disappear into cyberspace, and can sympathize. (Quiz for all you literary types: Exactly how many metaphors did I mix in this paragraph?)

Please rest assured that the cause of this ongoing problem was NOT a "virus." Nobody in this club has ever been exposed to any computer virus by any club e-mail. Gene has always used state-of-the-art antivirus software, and the MBCAKC always will.

Gene's deteriorating computer resources coincide with a diminution in the amount of time he is able to devote to the club. He needs a break. He can't keep doing the e-mail list right now. IT IS TIME FOR SOMEBODY TO STEP IN AND FILL THE BREACH.

It is also time for ALL OF US to inundate Gene with e-mails of thanks for his YEARS of untiring and witty efforts to keep club members updated on club news via e-mail. Click on boothecg@bellsouth.net to express your gratitude to Gene by private e-mail, straight to his in-box.

Do you have a computer with Internet access and anti-virus protection? Can you type with two or more fingers? Would you be willing to donate an hour or two per month to help the club in the comfort and privacy of your own home?

Then this deal is for you: Just e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net to volunteer. In return, Julie will give you FREE e-mail lessons, and you will win the gratitude of all your fellow/sister MBCAKC members by continuing the beloved tradition of the MBCAKC newsletter and e-mail list.

Gene hopes, and we all hope, that he will resume responsibility for club e-mails when his personal and professional responsibilities make it practical for him to do so. In the meantime, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please e-mail me, Julie jrobber@worldnet.att.net, with any questions, comments, proposals, or nominations, or to offer your help. IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) (revised 11.08.02)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous months paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, paddling tips, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

3. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

4. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

Contact list:

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, or want to post something on this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Flash paddle: Overnight on the Perdido River
Gene tells me that there will be an an overnight trip on the Perdido River this weekend. Contact Bob Andrews for details: h/w 344-8664; cell 367-4144.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

NOVEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The calendar of events is short this month, in keeping with the changing of the seasons. Bob Andrews reminded us at the meeting tonight, however, that there is no better time to paddle Whiskey Ditch than right now. The burr marigold and pickerel weed are in bloom. This is a great suggestion if you're looking for a place to paddle when the weather clears.

November 17, Sunday: Club Anniversary Party
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Jane Agee's house on the Magnolia River
Contact: Jane Agee, 251-965-7154
Comments: This is one of the biggest, funnest events of our club's year. Everyone is invited, including (especially :-) new people. Please RSVP and bring a covered dish for potluck.

November 18, Monday: the Leonid Meteor Shower
Time: 4:30 to dawn
Comments: The view of this phenomenon from Mobile Bay was spectacular last year, and we won't get the chance to see it again for a while. Stay tuned to the television, your favorite astronomical new sources, and this website for news on the best places to view this phenomenon.

November 19, Tuesday: Full Moon Paddle WITH PARTIAL ECLIPSE AND METEOR SHOWER
Time: 6:00 p.m., unless Bob changes his mind :-)
Place: put in at Byrnes Lake and paddle to Gravine Island
Contact: Bob Andrews: h/w 344-8664; cell 367-4144.
Comments: This paddle is a club favorite, and if the weather is kind, this should be a particularly good paddle because we will have both a full moon and the remains of a meteor shower. Bring food and refreshments, and at least one white light for your boat.

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Thanks to Keith Golden of the Alabama State Lands Division for stopping by tonight's meeting to update us on the Bartram Canoe Trail (click on http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/bartram.htm). This is a project of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (click on http://www.dcnr.state.al.us). The DCNR is also working on the completion of its Rivers Discovery Expedition (click on http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/riverdiscovery/index.asp).

These are all projects of interest to all us paddlers, and Keith Golden says he'd be glad to receive our comments and suggestions. His phone number is 205-580-2063.

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Our next regular meeting will be on December 2, and we're thinking it will be the same as last year: a potluck at the FYC. This is a good time to meet new people, and a good time for new people to come meet us. Stay tuned to this website for further details.

Sunday, November 03, 2002

!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.

Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:

Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver's license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.
Flash Paddle: In the Delta
Bob wants to take advantage of the good weather and go paddling this afternoon. Depending on the wind, the probable location may be either Whiskey Ditch or Byrnes Lake. Contact Bob for details at H = 344-8664 or C = 367-4144.